California Health and Sex Education

CALIFORNIA'S SEX EDUCATION

Understanding curriculum proposals of AB329 and Health Education

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Know the facts about AB329 and Sex Ed in California

Know the facts about AB329 and Sex Ed in California

What is AB329?

AB 329 authorizes School Districts to teach “Comprehensive Sexual Health Education” in any grade from Kindergarten through Grade 12 and mandates HIV/AIDS education in grades 7-12. Additionally, instruction about pregnancy necessarily requires information about abortions and their availability without parental consent or knowledge.  To comply with this requirement the California Department of Education has recommended various curricula to be used in meeting these instructional requirements.

Why has this been controversial?

Many of the approved curricula contain graphic sexual images and openly discuss topics that many parents feel are age inappropriate.  Teachers, who we parents encourage our children to respect and trust, are forced to graphically instruct children in lessons that have social and religious implications that many parents do not agree with or want their children exposed to.

Is this currently being taught in all schools?

The California Department of Education requires that all School Districts adopt the requirements of AB329 which means that children will automatically be taught “Comprehensive Sexual Health Education” unless a parent on their own initiative takes steps to prevent it. Not all districts are teaching these materials yet, but will in the future. Individual School Districts have the option of selecting the exact curricula, including different ones they devise on their own, but all curricula must include the AB329 requirements.

How can I opt my child out?

AB329 does allow parents to exclude their children from being exposed to the “Comprehensive Sexual Health Education” program, but it is up to the parent to take individual action for each of their children to do so. AB329 explicitly changed the previous law from “Opt-In” to “Opt-Out”, meaning that it is now up to parents to make individual requests on their own initiative to protect their children and Schools no longer need to “ask your permission”, but are free to expose your children without asking your permission.

Okay... how did we get this information?

Okay... how did we get this information?

All materials on the site have been pulled directly from the California Department of Education website and its affiliated links. This video shows the exact steps for how to obtain the various curriculum and resources online.

 

The California State Legislature enacted Assembly Bill 329 (AB 329). Through this bill, the legislature makes changes to the State Education Code which directs local School Districts to include the teaching of certain subjects.

Here is an example from the Bill:

Section 51934. (a) ….This instruction shall include the following.
(9)(A) Parenting, Adoption, and Abortion.

The Bill also changed the Education Code to specify that rather than asking parents for their permission at the time these courses are to be taught, it specifically changes the law and requires parents to request in writing that their children not be included.

Section 51938(a)…….A school district shall not require active parental consent (“opt-in”) for comprehensive sexual health education…

To help local School Districts obey the new laws, the California Department of Education (CDE) put together suggested curriculums for the local School Districts to use.

All of our examples are taken directly from those CDE recommended courses (curriculums), including all text, diagrams, pictures, and videos.

Parents do not have the right to dictate what curriculum is used or what information is provided to students in public schools. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that parents do not have any constitutional right “to prevent a public school from providing its students with whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise, when and as the school determines that it is
appropriate to do so.

Parents do not have the right to dictate what curriculum is used or what information is provided to students in public schools. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that parents do not have any constitutional right “to prevent a public school from providing its students with whatever information it wishes to provide, sexual or otherwise, when and as the school determines that it is appropriate to do so.

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